Lord Jesus, I sit with my morning coffee, sighing out the stress of this present darkness, and breathing in the peace of your presence. I sip this liquid, gifted with the ability to awaken me and sooth me at the same time. It’s warmth reminds me that the warmth of your loving arms surrounds me. Your goodness enfolds me. Your promise upholds me. Another sigh, and I envision myself at your feet with my head on your knee and your nearness building my faith to rise and face this uncertain day. I walk in your Spirit. I feed upon your Holy Word. I abide in you and you in me. Together, we confront whatever comes, for you are with me always. I thank you in your power and grace, according to the good and perfect will of the Father. Amen.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4 ESV)